Date Nights Should Be Honored and Exciting!



Date Nights Should Be Honored and Exciting!

Evelina and I have begun a practice of having a date night every Wednesday night no matter what; date nights are sacred in our life together.  It is isn’t that date nights are something new for us, but how we are dating.  We have a date night jar and in that jar are a bunch of folded pieces of paper.  A few months ago we sat down together and we came up with new and fun dates; things neither of us had done before.

The idea for the jar was to infuse some new and exciting adventures that we could experience for the first and do so together.

Last night’s date was to go to a studio and paint pottery and it was a blast.  We arrived around 6:15 pm with pizza and a couple of beverages and they took it from there.  The place was so awesome and the staff were informative, kind and patient.  They don’t serve food or drink, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

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I painted a coffee mug as I love a good cup of coffee in the morning and Evelina painted a piggy bank.  Once the pottery is painted, the studio will glaze and bake them in a kiln and will be ready for us to pick up in a week.

If I am speaking honestly, I thought it was going to be boring, but I was wrong.

Today we will draw out another new date for next Wednesday and this time it will be Evelina’s turn to plan the details.

Off to another new adventure!


The marriage saga- and why this generation is afraid of it.

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Let me be honest- the idea of marriage petrifies me and as I sit here typing these words out, my folks are probably busy sending my marriage-worthy-profile-photo to someone else, whose son, I believe would also be as jittery of this development as I am. (For those of you who are curious, I am talking about arranged marriages). This is funny given the fact that we, as girls, have been raised since the beginning of our childhood in a very prepare-your-daughter-for-marriage environment. I bet almost all of you ladies would have heard the sentence ”If you do this, who is going to marry you!”. The only difference is these words actually instilled fear in me back then and these same words evoke a response of “so what” now. So how did a child who wanted to grow up and get married ended up repelling the idea of marriage, HOW?


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A Shower and a Wedding – Mrs. Completely


Mim’s getting married on the 23rd of this month which means only one thing – I am one step closer to a grandchild that I will spoil rotten.

I suppose it means more than  just one thing to Mim, like love and joy and a flashy ring finger, but for me, it’s…

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The Man I Married

Reclaiming HOPE

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To have and to hold…in sickness and in health…for as long as we both shall live.

I’m sure when my husband spoke those words nineteen years ago he had no idea he’d have to deal with the “in sickness” part of it so early in our life together. We were both active-duty military, both strong-bodied and strong-willed.

Fast-forward about fourteen years, and everything started going haywire. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it was almost a relief. After a couple of years of worrisome symptoms and no answers, it was good to finally put a name to what was wrong with me. For about six months I was extremely ill and barely left the house, but he never once wavered in his commitment to me and to our marriage.

I’m happy to report that I’ve learned the things that help me live a fairly normal life now, but I still…

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What Every Bratty Woman Needs To Learn (But Probably Won’t) – Level Up Stud

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In a relationship, there are two things a bratty woman always expects her man to know:

  1. what’s bothering her
  2. what affection she wants

Both of which show that she has an issue with…

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Requirements For An Emotionally Healthy Marriage



I am a pessimist at my core and didn’t know exactly what I was searching for when I initially realized I was thirsty and began my quest for knowledge.  I’d squatted in a few churches over several years but always abandoned them after feeling our relationship was one-sided. When I am not growing, restlessness quickly sets in. I knew, however, that I would eventually make FCC my home after my first visit. Not only did I depart feeling more educated in the word than I have in my entire life (they are a bible teaching church), I was impressed with their mission to empower each and every member to be their very best. Those aren’t just empty words to pacify, there is an action plan behind it.


One of the ways FCC supports growth is by providing the education needed to give us the confidence to work through consequences. I was…

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Danny’s World: Our Up-Coming Trip

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I am super excited to tell everyone that Evelina and I are going to Disney in November for her birthday!  For the first time I am using a travel agent to assist with the trip as there's a bit more planning and a few more new elements.  This trip we are staying at the Disney resort Port Orleans Riverside and we are including the Disney Dining Plan.

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I'm paying for the dining plan to relieve the burden of having to constantly monitor a budget; it takes a bit of the fun out of the trip for me to constantly be counting every dollar spent.  Also, I have Disney planning some cool surprises for Evelina for her birthday (11/18) which is easier to plan through the agent.

I will say the agent is making this trip the most fun yet as she offers up suggestions of things we didn't realize existed.  Also she is able to track any new discounts and apply them to our trip, discounts we would have missed had we not used her services.  But the biggest reason I will always use an agent from now on is the payment structure.  I put down a simple $200 deposit leaving the remainder of the balance due 30 days prior to our check-in date.  I like being able to make payments and have her handle all the details.

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For those who are new to my blog I'll give you the quick back-story.  When Evelina was a little girl growing up in Poland she always dreamed of going to Disney.  She would watch the movies and see Disney on television, but was never able to go due to it being in the United States. Communism frowned on travels to the United States, plus Disney would have been a long trip for small children.

So when I learned about this I decided that the only place for us to get engaged would be at the Magic Kingdom during the fireworks, in the Rose Garden near Cinderella's Castle.  Following our wedding we honeymooned at Disney and spent our first anniversary there also.  Now we take family trips with my mom and dad, sister and her family each year.  I guess you could say we are Disney fans.  Danny's iphone 599

On this trip we will be purchasing the Annual pass option using a little trick I learned from my sister.  When we go to the gate on our last day prior to checking in, we can buy the annual pass and Disney will credit us all the money we spent on tickets for this trip against the value of the annual pass; which means we will only be paying approximately $700 total for 2 annual passes (normally $1600ish).

I have been planning dinner reservations, birthday surprises, roadtrip details, Amazon shipping list, etc. for this trip the last 2 weeks and I'm getting excited!  I want this to be the best birthday ever for Evelina; lord knows she deserves it for putting up with me!!

Danny’s World: A Bug Is Kicking My Butt!


I’m not exactly sure what is going on, but I woke up this morning with a fever and nausea.  I have not been able to eat all day excluding crackers and water.  Evelina made some homemade chicken & rice soup which was tasty.  Hopefully this is a 24-hour thing.